How do you follow Jesus without burning out?
Gold Medal Winner, 2018 Illumination Book Awards, Enduring Light
"This thoughtful collection of Day’s reflections incorporates abundant material for contemplation, all drawn from her extensive writings … [which] reveal Day’s signature honesty and frequent humor in addressing her hopes and fears and the sources of her inspiration…. This welcome compilation provides a window into the fundamental beliefs that undergirded Day’s life of faith." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
In this guidebook Dorothy Day offers hard-earned wisdom and practical advice gained through decades of seeking to know Jesus and to follow his example and teachings in her own life.
Unlike larger collections and biographies, which cover her radical views, exceptional deeds, and amazing life story, this book focuses on a more personal dimension of her life: Where did she receive strength to stay true to her God-given calling despite her own doubts and inadequacies and the demands of an activist life? What was the unquenchable wellspring of her deep faith and her love for humanity?
This thoughtful collection of Day's reflections incorporates abundant material for contemplation, all drawn from her extensive writings, including The Long Loneliness and articles from the Catholic Worker. Five sections explore Day's thoughts on faith, love, prayer, life, and community. For example, "A Way of Prayer" includes subsections such as "Ask and You Will Receive," "Lord, Teach Me to Pray," and "Give Thanks." The selections reveal Day's signature honesty and frequent humor in addressing her hopes and fears and the sources of her inspiration: "When I die, I hope people will say that I tried to be mindful of what Jesus told us his wonderful stories and I tried my best to live up to his example (we fall flat on our faces all the time though!)" Day's incisive ability to articulate the struggles faced by people of faith radiates through this slender volume: "One of the objections to suffering which we do not admit is that it is undignified... in reality it takes heroic virtue to practice patience in little things." This welcome compilation provides a window into the fundamental beliefs that undergirded Day's life of faith.